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November 24, 2019

Cup Noodles Fork

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WANT.

From Toxel:

Innovative fork created specifically for optimal eating of instant noodles.

Fork with 128° angle

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makes it easier to scoop up noodles and transport them into your mouth.

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The handle features ribs that can hold the lid closed while noodles cook.

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Designed by Nendo for NISSIN.

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November 24, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The making of The Hues Corporation's "Rock The Boat"

Marc Myers' Wall Street Journal story relates how this wonderful song, which helped launch the disco era, came into being in 1974; excerpts from a group interview with the song's writer, producer, pianist, and Hues Corporation singer H. Ann Kelley follow.

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Forty years ago this spring, disco emerged as a national sensation.

Urban clubs, FM radio, record companies and young adults all began to embrace elaborately produced, beat-heavy recordings, unleashing a dance craze that would last roughly six years.

While the first pure disco recording has long been debated, one of the earliest was the Hues Corporation's "Rock the Boat," which initially appeared on the group's first album... in the spring of 1973 and became a No. 1 hit single in May 1974.

The song's soulful vocals, churning rhythm, and glittery brass and strings advanced the O'Jays' "Love Train," and predated MFSB's "The Sound of Philadelphia."

At the heart of "Rock the Boat" was a rumba-like beat and light-reggae bass line — an unusual combination that the song's arranger first heard on a Caribbean vacation.

Initially, "Rock the Boat" was nearly passed over by the music industry — twice.

Inspired by "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," the song needed a stronger arrangement before RCA would record it and a more powerful remix to tease out its bouncy beat before radio would play it.

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November 24, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

To You — Kenneth Koch

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I love you as a sheriff searches for a walnut
That will solve a murder case unsolved for years
Because the murderer left it in the snow beside a window
Through which he saw her head, connecting with
Her shoulders by a neck, and laid a red
Roof in her heart. For this we live a thousand years;
For this we love, and we live because we love, we are not
Inside a bottle, thank goodness! I love you as a
Kid searches for a goat; I am crazier than shirttails
In the wind, when you're near, a wind that blows from
The big blue sea, so shiny so deep and so unlike us;
I think I am bicycling across an Africa of green and white fields
Always, to be near you, even in my heart
When I'm awake, which swims, and also that I believe that you
Are trustworthy as the sidewalk which leads me to
The place where I think of you, a new
Harmony of thoughts! I love you as the sunlight leads the prow
Of a ship which sails from Hartford to Miami, and I love you
Best at dawn, when even before I am awake the sun
Receives me in the questions which you always pose.

November 24, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Blast from the past: Jimi Hendrix on stage at a concert in Bakersfield, California in 1968

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[via HistoryInPics]

November 24, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pixel Playing Cards

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Poker-size playing cards with a pixel design.

The pixels are separated by a transparent grid.

Moving the cards creates optical effects.

Designed by Pieter Woudt.

 

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$11.25.

November 24, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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